Monday October 2, 2006: Read transcript
Republican Jim Barnett, 52, has spent the last six years as a member of the Kansas Senate. Prior to that, he served eight years on the school board in Emporia. He is a doctor who continues to maintain a private practice.
He proposes growing the economy by offering an investment tax credit to help businesses and farms buy new equipment, and by eliminating the estate tax. He has criticized incumbent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for signing a law that allows the children of some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public Kansas universities. And he proposes giving the Kansas legislature a voice in the gubernatorial selection of judges.
Date of birth: July 30, 1954
Spouse and children: Wife Yvonne, two children
Current job: Internal medicine physician, Emporia
Party affiliation: Republican
Church-religious affiliation: Attends 12th Avenue Baptist
Previous elected positions: Eight years, Emporia School Board; six years, Kansas Senate
Previous leadership positions: Four years as president of Emporia School Board; chairman of Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee; vice chairman of Joint Health Policy Oversight Committee; 1993-1997, Emporia Chamber Joint Economic Development Committee; 1993-2001, Emporia Chamber Diversity Task Force